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For me, it's the post 1900, pre-electrification Swiss railways. It's the perfect blend of utility and elegance with so many subtle touches. Britain in the steam era was great too, but the Swiss just added that extra mechanical touch, and were built to higher performance standards.
USA 1920-1950
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The Malaise era of America where everything was terrible sorta has an odd charm to it. And with the birth of Amtrak and the purchase of new electric locos its the lowest of low American Rail Roads would get. But they prevailed in small ways. Nothing beats the imagery of a silver and grey box beating the air into submission while it travels at 120mph though the rust belt of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Budd steel tubes fairies the smarter businessman between D.C., New York and Harrisburg.
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Blue era BR
Imagine the smell
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I prefer modern high speed rail aesthetics.
Norwegian secondary lines prior to the 80's
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If any more evidence was needed
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the Mighty Pennsylvania Rail Road GG1
That would be 60s and 70s JNR/Tokyo metro.

That's actually the aesthetic peak for all transport modes, imo. Incidentally, it's also when Western civilization had its largest market share of global influence (before the world wars cocked it up).
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This desu. The sleepers and the various high-cab limited express sets were aesthetic as fuck, you also had the original 0 series shinkansen, and you still had steam engines hauling diesel and passenger trains in regular service.
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I'd say 1900-1920 Britain. Just picture this. A low boiler 4-4-0 with a long line of bogie coaches screaming down the line at 80mph. It would be marvellous.
Comfy as fuck. I remember being a little kid driving out to like Bendigo or some shit and driving parallel to one of these tangerine specimens
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Do it right if you're gonna post the pasta.
In 2013, I unironically took a NE Regional train from DC Union to NY Penn, and it was hauled by an AEM-7. I must say that it was a really comfy ride, and I say this as a Euro who was a tourist then. The train was clean and comfy, the 4G free wifi was actually pretty good, the snack bar thing was OK (lacking compared to most European counterparts), but the 2h30 train journey was very much comparable to a typical intercity train service in most of Europe, and it was a pleasurable journey. The highlights included seeing some sort of US Air Base from the train (which had a lot of A-10s parked on the apron), a very animated black conductor who gave really nice introductions to stations and was really nice overall and a comfy seat, which I've really been able to compare to the likes of Deutsche Bahn's ICE and modernised IC trains.

On one hand, I really dislike America on a political and socio-economic level. On the other hand, it's a beautiful country with (mostly) friendly people and has really great experiences to have. I'd be tempted to return to enjoy the same journey again, this time hauled by the ACS-64. I want to compare the American Sprinter to the Euro Sprinter. They are basically the same locomotive at the electrical and traction level, but the Americanised nature and the more..... rugged nature of American rail specs just makes me interested as to how a locomotive I adore in all of its European versions (especially for its melodious traction system) does in an American setting.
jesus christ that catenary
What's wrong with it
nothing, I've just never seen a triangular catenary type before.
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Don't mind me, just the most aesthetic train seat
>I really dislike America on a political and socio-economic level
As an American I agree. The majority of us are held hostage by the extremes. Our political system rewards those who don't cooperate and money. If there aren't some big changes soon this country is going to end up in the shitter, losing what's left of its super power world influence.
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trains with beautiful landscapes is peak aesthetic
have a seat over here.
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Ireland went orange for a while and it looked pretty cool
lol trainfags are just standins for nationalists
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That doesn't even make sense.
This looks nice.
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reminds me of this
Best looking HSR ever. I wish SNCF would run one or two modern trainset in that scheme
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Agreed. The shinkansen looks like a phallus, the Chinese HSR looks like a retarded crane, and the AVE looks like pic related.
Dem NACA ducts tho

I like the original shinkansen look but I understand why they look the way they do. Fascinating really, about the tunnel and how the air plays differently inside it.
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Make way for the superior aesthetic.

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